ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 00753194
Date: July 17, 2015
SANTA ANA, Calif. – An Irvine-based Internet sales company accused of selling a bogus car performance chip nationwide agreed yesterday, July 16, 2015, to shut down their business, pay $400,000 in civil penalties, and restitution to any complaining customers. In a civil consumer prosecution lawsuit filed by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) on Oct. 28, 2014, GFORCE CHIPS (GFORCE) was accused of committing unlawful business practices and engaging in false advertising by marketing their product as a car-performance chip to increase fuel efficiency among other claims.
In the settlement, GFORCE and its owner, 32-year-old Ravi Ghataode, agreed to shut down the business and be permanently enjoined from ever operating a business that sells any device that claims to affect gas mileage, horsepower, or emissions. The defendants admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement agreement. Continue reading